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Pet health chat with Dr. Susan O'Bell -- April 1 at noon

Posted by Kristi Palma March 26, 2014 10:38 AM

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Dr. Susan O'Bell is a veterinarian at MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. Upon completing an internship and residency, O'Bell became a practicing internist at Angell. After working for a year in internal medicine, she is now a staff member of the general medicine service. She was online April 1 to answer questions about your pet's health.

 

Bulldogs strut their stuff in annual beauty contest

Posted by Kristi Palma March 7, 2014 12:45 PM

The wrinkles, the slobber, the fur.

Believe it or not, these are the ingredients for a beauty contest -- a bulldog beauty contest.

The 10th Annual Bulldog Beauty Contest took place recently in southern California and around 200 dogs showed up to compete. They wore tuxedos, rode skateboards, and boasted about their social media followers -- well, their owners did.

But the judging was based on three simple things: face, figure, and first impression.

Check out scenes from the show in the Wall Street Journal video below.

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Dog owners seek VIP treatment with service dog scam

Posted by Kristi Palma March 5, 2014 11:51 AM

A service dog scam that gives dog owners VIP treatment at airports and businesses is enraging the service dog community and has resulted in an online petition to the Department of Justice.

It turns out it's pretty easy to go online and order a fake service dog vest for your dog, put it on him, and then enjoy all the perks that come with it -- bringing your dog to animal-free places such as restaurants, cutting security lines at the airport, flying the dog for free, etc.

Find out more in this WTMJ video.

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Pet health chat with Dr. Susan O'Bell -- March 4 at noon

Posted by Kristi Palma February 27, 2014 01:11 PM

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Dr. Susan O'Bell is a veterinarian at MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. Upon completing an internship and residency, O'Bell became a practicing internist at Angell. After working for a year in internal medicine, she is now a staff member of the general medicine service. She was online Feb. 4 to answer questions about your pet's health.

 

Dog protecting woman's pregnant belly a bodyguard or a danger?

Posted by Kristi Palma February 26, 2014 04:03 PM

Best bodyguard ever or a danger to people?

That's the debate going on over the dog in this viral video. He's being protective of a woman's pregnant belly. Every time a man goes to touch the woman's belly, the dog interferes by barking, growling, and nipping at him.

"Baby’s got his own protector," says the man holding the camera.

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Texas dog tweets about politics, files to run for mayor

Posted by Kristi Palma February 21, 2014 11:56 AM

Is politics going to the dogs in Texas?

A retiree named Mike Howard, who is unhappy with his political leaders, filed paperwork this week for his 10-year-old Westie named Dylan to run for mayor of Irving, Texas.

You can read this political pooch's point of view via his new Twitter account at @DylanWestie1. Howard tweeted this yesterday on behalf of his dog:

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U.S. Olympic skier on a mission to bring Sochi pups home

Posted by Kristi Palma February 13, 2014 03:52 PM

United States Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy, who won a silver medal in the men’s slopestyle, wants to return home with more than a medal. He wants to bring back a family of stray dogs he discovered on the streets of Sochi.

After spying a stray dog and her puppies near the Olympic Village, he began working with the Russian government to arrange to bring them back to the U.S. and adopt them, reports nesn.com.

He tweeted these adorable pics of the pups this week:

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No love for the Westminster dog handlers, or the prized poodle

Posted by Kristi Palma February 11, 2014 11:08 AM

Dog handlers faced criticism during the 138th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, but not for how they handled their dogs. Folks on Twitter couldn't help but pick apart what they were wearing.

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AP Photo/Frank Franklin

A handler makes the rounds with her Bouvier des Flandres during the best in herding competition.

Check out some of the tweets.

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Meet the stray dogs of Sochi

Posted by Kristi Palma February 7, 2014 08:26 AM

All eyes are on Sochi as the Olympics begin. But much has been said about Sochi's dogs in the days leading up to the big event. Sochi has hired a company to kill the massive amounts of homeless dogs that wander the streets in an effort to clean up the streets for the Olympics, reports The Boston Globe. The Globe reports that at least 5,000 to 7,000 dogs have been killed.

This has prompted journalists and animal rights activists to point their cameras down at the dogs in an effort to raise awareness of their plight. Here are some of the dog photos that have been shared on Twitter.

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Time video features Internet cats in memoriam

Posted by Kristi Palma February 5, 2014 10:18 AM

Time magazine has produced a video saluting Internet cats who have died in honor of Colonel Moew, who passed away last week.

Colonel Meow held the Guinness World Record for cat with the longest fur. The two-year-old Himalayan-Persian mix suffered heart problems, reports Time.

See Colonel Meow and other Internet cats who have passed in the video below.

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Pet health chat with Dr. Susan O'Bell -- Tuesday, Feb. 4 at noon

Posted by Kristi Palma January 31, 2014 05:52 PM

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Dr. Susan O'Bell is a veterinarian at MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. Upon completing an internship and residency, O'Bell became a practicing internist at Angell. After working for a year in internal medicine, she is now a staff member of the general medicine service. She was online Feb. 4 to answer questions about your pet's health.

 

Maria Menounos tweets pic with furry 'best bud'

Posted by Kristi Palma January 31, 2014 01:56 PM

Awww!

Medford native Maria Menounos tweeted this photo today. She's hugging her rescue dog, Winnie. She writes "Me & Winnie r #bestbuds. If ur a dog lover, watch @Budwesier's #SuperBowl commercial #bestbuds"

She is referring to the much talked about 'Puppy Love' commercial. Find out more from BDCwire.

Cats act out 'Downton Abbey' opening credits

Posted by Kristi Palma January 30, 2014 08:32 AM

If you are a cat-lover who likes the show "Downton Abbey," you might just love this.

New York animal rescue Pets Alive has created a nearly shot-for-shot remake of the "Downton Abbey" opening credits using adoptable cats.

The name of the project? "Downton Tabby," of course.

Check it out in this Buzz 60 video.


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Saugus dog to compete at first Masters Agility Championship at Westminster

Posted by Kristi Palma January 27, 2014 07:35 AM

Becca, an American Eskimo from Saugus, is heading to New York City to compete in the first annual Masters Agility Championship during Westminster weekend on Feb. 8. And her owner and handler Chris La Voie couldn't be more proud.

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Boston.com Pets
caught up with La Voie to learn more about Becca, to find out how the dog is preparing for the big event (hint: no curlers involved), and get the purebred owner's reaction to Westminster's decision to let mixed breed dogs compete in agility.

Boston.com Pets: How do you feel about Becca competing in the first Masters Agility Championship at Westminster?
La Voie: I feel thrilled and very fortunate.

Boston.com Pets: How do you think Becca feels?
La Voie: Um, well I don’t think she knows yet. But I think she’ll be elated when we get there (laughs).

(Photo: Chris La Voie and Becca after Becca achieved her first Masters Agility Championship, courtesy Chris La Voie)

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Coats, booties help keep dogs warm in extreme cold

Posted by Kristi Palma January 23, 2014 09:07 AM

Does your pet have a coat? With these cold temperatures, it might be a good time to buy one, experts say.

Dog trainer Dennis Trasinski said coats can indeed help keep a dog warm. But that doesn't mean dogs should remain outside for long in cold weather. See more of his tips in this WTMJ clip.

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5 tips for keeping pets safe this winter

Posted by Kristi Palma January 14, 2014 09:47 AM

Pet owners need to take extra steps to keep their pets safe during winter months. The Animal Rescue League of Boston offers these five tips.

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Animal Rescue League of Boston

Winterize outdoor accommodations. A winter-friendly shelter should have three enclosed sides, stand off the ground, and contain generous amounts of bedding such as clean straw or hay.

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Meet Senator John McCain's new puppy

Posted by Kristi Palma January 10, 2014 03:08 PM

Senator John McCain has a new puppy!

He posted this pic to Twitter today, writing, "Meet our new puppy, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever named Gilley!"

Aww!

Homeless man rides with six pets on his scooter

Posted by Kristi Palma January 10, 2014 10:52 AM

A homeless man in Miami drives a scooter around town with all of his possessions piled high on the back -- including his four cats and two dogs.

In the NewsFix clip below, Hickory Francis says, "Life wouldn't be any better without them. I'd be the loneliest guy in town."

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Dog and baby deer playing together in the snow

Posted by Kristi Palma January 7, 2014 08:58 AM

It looks like this pup found a playmate from the wild.

Check out this Rottweiler frolicking in the snow with a baby deer. The dog's name is Bo and he lives in Pennsylvania. The video was taken by his owner.

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Man re-enacts romantic movie scenes with a dog

Posted by Kristi Palma January 6, 2014 10:53 AM

Wrigley the dog now stars as the romantic lead in many iconic films, thanks to his owner's employee. Well, at least it looks like he does.

See Wrigley doing the lift in "Dirty Dancing," taking part in that upside-down kiss in "Spider-Man," sharing that special birthday cake moment in "Sixteen Candles," and more.

A UK man, known as mmsspp on reddit.com, is behind the creative project, which he calls "Wrigley at the movies."

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Pet health chat with Dr. Susan O'Bell -- Tuesday, Jan. 7 at noon

Posted by Kristi Palma January 3, 2014 12:37 PM

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Dr. Susan O'Bell is a veterinarian at MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. Upon completing an internship and residency, O'Bell became a practicing internist at Angell. After working for a year in internal medicine, she is now a staff member of the general medicine service. She was online January 7 to answer questions about your pet's health.

 

A little dog is adopted by a little girl with a big heart

Posted by Kristi Palma December 20, 2013 09:03 AM

This is the story of a special relationship between a little girl and a Chihuahua named Rikki the family found on Facebook. Rikki was up for adoption at the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

Rikki is different from most dogs because she has a deformity. But that didn't stop this little girl from wanting to take her home.

"I know most people would just want a dog who looks normal and everything," says the little girl in the video. "But I don't care how Rikki walks or how she is. It's just that she is so sweet and she needed a home and she's wonderful. And I wouldn't trade her for any other dog."

Are you thinking of adopting a pet this holiday season or giving a pet as a gift?

A new study by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals supports seasonal adoptions, though some shelters think folks should wait until after the holidays. Read more in this Associated Press story.

Pets photos with Santa in Faneuil Hall, Dec. 18

Posted by Kristi Palma December 18, 2013 01:22 PM

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Calling all pet owners!

Bring your four-legged furry friends to Santa's Cabin in Faneuil Hall for Pet Night Wednesday, Dec. 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

You'll find Santa in the South Market Promenade at Fanueil Hall Marketplace. Both cats and dogs are welcome to take photos with Santa.

All pets must be kept on a leash or in a cage until it is their time to meet the big guy. There is a cost for the pictures. Call 617 523-1300 for more information.

After you take your photo, we'd like to see it!
(Photo: Faneuil Hall Marketplace)

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Share photos of your pets with Santa.
This is Cosmo, from Worcester, with Santa.



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Is your pet feeling festive in a Santa hat? We want to see that too! Share photos of your pets in Santa hats. This is Ziggy from Cambridge.

Video: Dogs won't pass by the cat!

Posted by Kristi Palma December 17, 2013 11:55 AM

Do you have a dog and a cat? If so, how do they coexist? Does your cat rule the house?

Check out this compilation of dogs who are afraid to pass by the family kitty. Does this happen in your household?


flaherty.jpg Do you have more than one pet? Share a photo from your multi-pet home! This is Flaherty from Salisbury with kitties CC and JJ.

Top five holiday dangers to pets

Posted by Kristi Palma December 4, 2013 09:34 AM

When veterinarian Dr. Jyl Rubin was at a holiday party recently, a giant pit bull jumped up out of nowhere and took a bite out of a German chocolate cupcake in her hand.

It's a reminder to watch our holiday sweets carefully around pets because sweets can make pets sick, Dr. Jyl told Fox 40 in the clip below.

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